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    Guitarists only need apply.

    by planxty Updated Apr 18, 2009

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    Guitar shop, Pyay, Myanmar.

    This tip is aimed at a relatively small group of travellers, and I don't expect it to be rated highly, but a look at my homepage will tell you that I love guitars. I play to a limited degree and have been lucky enough to have played all round the world, so I thought I was in my element when I spotted the guitar shop pictured near the centre of Prome (Pyay / Pyi).

    I wandered in (bought a couple of plectrums for the look of the thing) and started chatting to the guys about guitars. I'm not being unkind when I say they were absolutely awful. All locally made, the most expensive one was about 35 USD, and it was probably worth about half that. However, buying guitars wasn't what I was there for, and I was duly presented with just about every box (guitar) in the place - not that they expected me to buy anything, but just so that we could jam together. A wonderful time we had, too! It was great fun and we spent a happy hour or so running through the standard Burmese repertoire of John Denver, Lobo, Bon Jovi etc. etc. I did try them on a bit of Irish traditional, but it didn't seem to find much favour.

    Guitarists, if you're in town, go and look this place up, they are really friendly there.

    They also do a nice line in mini guitars, strung in the standard fashion but which give a nice almost mandolin sound - interesting!

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    What do you mean, it's bigger?

    by planxty Updated Apr 18, 2009

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    Shwesandaw Paya, Pyay, Myanmar.

    Having been totally awestruck by the Shwedagon in Yangon (see seperate tip), the concept that there was a taller paya in Myanmar absolutely flabbergasted me. However, there is, and it's in Prome (Pyay / Pyi) - it is the Shwesandaw Paya, which constitutes probably the town's biggest (literally and figuratively) tourist attraction. Perhaps it was the fact that much of the structure was covered for maintainance or perhaps it was the surroundings, but I found it much less impressive. Having said that, anything really is going to suffer by comparison.

    Shwesandaw is, however, an interesting place to visit, and religiously extremely important, housing a tooth from the Buddha and four strands of his hair amongst other sacred relics. it's probably most people's main reason for visiting this slightly out of the way place, and well worth the effort.

    There is also a whole complex of monasteries and minor prayer halls around the main zedi.

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    Catch a movie.

    by planxty Written Mar 27, 2006

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    Cinema, Pyay, Myanmar.

    I didn't actually go here myself (it was shut the night I was in town) but, if you are at a loose end and fancy a movie, there is a cinema in Prome (Pyay / Pyi). It is on Kan Street, and the posters owuld seem to indicate that it serves up the usual mix of Indian / Burmese films. Can't really offer much more information than that, I'm afraid, I offer it merely as a suggestion.

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    Baptist church

    by planxty Written Mar 27, 2006

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    Prome Baptist Churh, Myanmar.

    Should you be inclined to worship there, or perhaps just have a look at the Christian legacy Westerners left in this most multi-religious society, you may want to wander along to the Prome Baptist Church. Situated on Strand Road in a pretty setting, this obviously well-tended building is architecturally nothing special, and certainly not old, but worth a look nonetheless

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    The national hero.

    by planxty Written Mar 27, 2006

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    Bogyoke Aung San statue, Pyay, Myanmar.

    It really is hard to over-emphasise the importance of Bogyoke Aung San in modern Myanmar history - indeed he could rightly be said to be the founder of the modern state of that name. There are monuments to him everywhere and streets and parks named in his honour. Indeed, I find it hard to think of Western equivalents to the position he occupies in the Burmese psyche - certainly no-one in the UK, perhaps George Washington in the US or more accurately Kemal Ataturk in Turkey.

    Anyway, Prome (Pyay / Pyi) has it's own monument and it dominates the central roundaobut in the town. It's not so much a thing to do tip as a thing you can't really avoid tip, but it does afford a good photo opportunity.

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    Walk along the river.

    by planxty Written Mar 27, 2006

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    Sunset, Pyay, Myanmar.
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    About the time day slips into night (usually about 1800 in these latitudes), it seems like most of the population of Pyay (Prome, or whatever else you would call it) seem to gather for the evening stroll along Strand road by the River Ayearawaddy (Irrawaddy). To be honest, it's a very pleasant thing to do. It seems to be a thing of the Burmese, the evening stroll, see my tip on a similar phenomenon in Magwe for a further example. The picture will hopefully show you the beauty of the dramatic sunsets you may hope to encounter (my photographic inexperience notwithstanding), and there is the usual bustle of people carrying on riverside life.

    A number of the (state-run and expensive) passenger boats also tie up here for the night en route from Yangon to Mandalay (see second photo). In a town that is not overly endowed with obvious tourist attractions, it certainly is a pleasant way to spend an hour in the evening.

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    Night market.

    by planxty Written Mar 26, 2006

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    Night Market, Prome, Myanmar.

    Like most other places in Myanmar, Prome (Pyay) has a bustling night market, which centres itself in the area between the main square and the river. As always, there is everything imaginable sold here, and it's an interesting way to spend an hour or so just wandering around.

    A small word of warning for tall people, though. The wires which power the lights are slung perilously low, and I nearly managed to garotte myself a couple of times - you have been warned.

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    Buda con gafas - Buddha with eyeglasses

    by elpariente Written Feb 1, 2006

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    Shwemyetman Paya ( Templo de las gafas de oro )

    Posiblemente será el único Buda que tiene gafas.
    Inicialmente se las pusieron a ver si por la curiosidad aumentaba la fé , pero después se extendió la creencia de que el Buda curaba las enfermedades especialmente las de la vista. Hacen falta nueve monjes para quitarle las gafas cuando se van a limpiar

    Probably is the only Buda with glasses .
    Initially they put them to see if due to the curiosity the faith was increasing, but latteron it was extended the believe that the Buddha it was curing the ills, spetially those of the eyes.
    nine monks are necessary to remove the glasses when they are going to be cleaned

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